Philadelphia Plans R&B Hall Of Fame

Music mogul and Grammy-winning songwriter Kenneth Gamble has assembled a team to develop a proposal for a museum devoted to rhythm & blues music in Philadelphia.

Music mogul and Grammy-winning songwriter Kenneth Gamble has assembled a team to develop a proposal for a museum devoted to rhythm & blues music in Philadelphia. The proposed Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame and museum, which has been backed by Mayor John F. Street and Gov. Ed Rendell, would likely be constructed as a mixed-use development serving both retail and residential needs.

A shuttered African American museum purchased by Gamble several years ago would also likely be part of the facility. Though the team has not selected an exact location for the museum, Gamble has identified potential sites just south of the city's downtown area.

Gamble, a co-founder of Philadelphia International Records, said the museum would provide a history of the genre and would also chronicle the city's important contributions to the music. "Philadelphia has a great music history, and we should be able to exploit it," Gamble said.

City Commerce Director James Cuorato also assembled the team, which has visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and Beale Street and the Stax Museum in Memphis. "There is a lot of work that would have to be done as far as fund-raising, but it is a natural for us and Kenny is a natural to lead the effort," Cuorato said.


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